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Conservation Without Frontiers: Fermanagh & Cavan. Full Programme Announced!

UAH and IGS are pleased to announce the full Summer School programme for 20th-22nd June 2019!

Posted on: 17th April 2019

Conservation Without Frontiers is directed by author and architectural historian, Kevin V. Mulligan, and chaired by UAH President, Primrose Wilson CBE. The Summer School brings together students, experts, professionals and enthusiasts to explore, discuss & debate issues facing our shared Irish heritage, with plenty of opportunities to visit and engage with the history & heritage of the local area. The aim of the school is to inform on the subject of conservation, and to promote best practice through the direct engagement with experts and practitioners.

The 2019 programme aims to investigate the challenges and opportunities facing Irish towns and villages, from population migration, to the changing nature of the high street and current planning and policy. We will also look at the development of exemplar towns to learn about their rich history and heritage, how they inform and have been informed by our way of life, and to consider what this may mean for their future. This will assist us all in guiding a conservation led approach in the sustainable future of our historic places.

The June 2019 programme is to be as follows*:

(A list of local  accommodation options can be found here)

Conservation Without Frontiers – Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh

Thursday 20th June

Location: Enniskillen Methodist Church & McArthur Hall


9.15 Arrive

(McArthur Hall)

Registration with Tea & Coffee

9.45 Welcome

(Methodist Church)

Primrose Wilson CBE

Welcome from Chairman of Fermanagh County Council

10.15 Introduction to the Buildings of Fermanagh

Professor Alistair Rowan

11.00 Enniskillen: A Sense of Place

Marcus Patton OBE

11.30 Break

Tea & Coffee

12.00 Incentives for the reuse of vacant buildings in town centres: A European perspective

Dr Philip Crowe,

Director, Space Engagers

12.30 Collaborative Town Centre Health Checks: Diagnosing the Health of Irish Towns

Dr Neil Galway,

Director of Postgraduate Studies in Planning in the School of the Natural and Built Environment, Queen’s University Belfast

13.00 Break

Lunch, Tea & Coffee

14.00 Group Visits Around Enniskillen
Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4

Fermanagh Conservation officer


Professor Alistair Rowan



Nikki McVeigh



Marcus Patton


16.00 Enniskillen Workhouse Project

(Enniskillen Presbyterian Church)

Emma McGarrity

16.30 The Venice Biennale Free Market Project

Miriam Delaney

17.30 Visit to Blakes of the Hollow Pub
18.30 Travel to Florence Court


19.00 Drinks Reception with Performance By Maria McManus
19.15 Tours of Florence Court
20.00 Dinner

Featuring Traditional Music


21.30 End of Day One


Friday 21st June

Conservation without Frontiers – Cavan, Co. Cavan

Location: Cavan Masonic Lodge, Farnham Street

8.15 Gather at Enniskillen Hotel to Meet Bus
8.30 Bus Departs Enniskillen for Cavan
9.15 Bus Arrives at Masonic Hall

Those staying in Cavan town meet at Masonic Hall

9.30 Welcome

Chair of Cavan Co. Council

9.45 Introduction to The Buildings of Cavan

Kevin V. Mulligan

10.30 The Historic Development of Towns in Cavan

Dr. Michael O’Neill




Tea & Coffee

11.30 Architectural Conservation Areas in Cavan

Bronagh Lannigan

12.00 An Arts Venue Policy for County Cavan

Mary McAuliffe

12.30 Break


13.30 Group Visits Around Cavan Town, Including a Visit to the On-going Town Hall Project
Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4
Guides: Bronagh Lannigan & Sinead Hughes Guides: Michael O’Neill Guides: Kevin V. Mulligan Guides: Marcus Patton & Anne-Marie Curley
15.30 Bus Tour – Towns of Co. Cavan: (Snacks & Refreshments on Bus)
  Group 1 Group 2
  Visit to Killeshandra with a visit to the Rath Church

Walking tour of Belturbet

Walking tour Butlersbridge with a visit to St Aidan’s Church by William Hague

Walking tour of Bailieborough Town

Walking tour of Cootehill with a visit to the former Provincial Bank of 1858 by Wiliam G. Murray


19.00 Both Groups Arrive at Ballyhaise House (Agricultural College)

Principal John Kelly will welcome visitors & give a brief history of the building. Tours will be offered around the college, and drinks will be served.

20.00 Dinner & Pub Quiz at Ballyhaise
22.30 End of Day Two



Saturday 22nd June

Conservation without Frontiers –Church of Ireland Cathedral, Kilmore,  Co. Cavan

Location: Kilmore Old Cathedral, Co. Cavan



Gather at Enniskillen Hotel to Meet Bus

Gather at Cavan town to Meet Bus



Bus Departs Enniskillen for Kilmore

Bus Departs Cavan Town for Kilmore

9.45 Welcome

(Kilmore Old Cathedral – Parochial Hall)

Wendy Swann, custodian, who will give a brief history of the site

10.00 Visit to Kilmore See House

Walk to See House & take tour of house and stables

11.00 Performance

(Kilmore See House)

Performance by Cavan based artist/ poet at the See House

11.30 Break

(Old Cathedral – Parochial Hall)

Tea & Coffee

12.00 Student Awards

(Kilmore Cathedral)


14.00 Celebratory Lunch

(Picnic weather permitting – Kilmore old Cathedral )

15.30 End of Day 3


*Programme may be subject to amendment or change.


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